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June 07, 2019

Interview with Jackie Parry

A few months ago, we chatted with Jackie Parry, navigation advocate, from her ‘building-site’ home in rural NSW.

Jackie, with her business partner Shelley Wright (founder of Women Who Sail Australia), via SisterShip Magazine were about to commence their first Coastal Navigation course for women.

So, how’d it go?Well we rode out the raging storms of pre-event organisation challenges and steered into smooth waters at the weekend of the course. Thirteen women came from different states (one woman driving 13 hours!) and we all met at the Lake Macquarie Yacht Club. The venue is superb and we could all view the boats on the water while we pondered magnetic variation.

One of our measurements of success was smiles on faces and “aha!” moments and we had plenty of them!

Pantaenius were very generous in their support of training resources and Lake Macquarie Yacht Club donated the venue in support of women on the water. We’d like to offer our sincere thanks.

What did you cover?Lots! The...

June 07, 2019


By Jackie and Noel Parry


Groundings occur more often than you think, given today’s reliance on electronic navigation aids. A grounding can commonly be the result of incorrect use of digital charts (wrong scale usually), insufficient paper chart backup, poor route planning, fatigue, and lack of appropriate look-out.

June 07, 2019

Lightning Strikes

The flash and crack of a lightning strike become a very vivid memory for anyone unfortunate enough to be hit whilst at sea. Although lightniung strikes can be fatal, they are also posses great concern due to the potential immense damage. While a lightning strike can be very hard to avoid, there are some things you can do to protect your vessel.

June 07, 2019

Diesel Plague

If the engine suddenly breaks down or after a long period of standing, cannot be started, the cause is often diffcult to fathom, with many owners unsure of what they are dealing with. However, it could be the fault of microorganisms which have made themselves comfortable in the fuel tank. These microorganisms can often go unnoticed until it is too late. We explain how you can deal with the problem of diesel plague.

April 16, 2019

Bodendieck. Hinnerk Bodendieck.

OK. You’re right. It might not roll off your tongue as smartly as 007’s, but Hinnerk is nearly as famous. Well, certainly in the art world anyway. So right there is the key to all of this, for ever since the global superyacht campaign that Martin Baum arranged, Pantaenius Sail and Motor Yacht Insurance have utilised Bodendieck to create some very memorable pieces.

March 27, 2019

Sail Port Stephens 2019

The 12th annual Sail Port Stephens regatta, proudly sponsored once again by Pantaenius Sail and Motor Yacht Insurance, promises an unforgettable sailing holiday experience for everything from IRC, Super 12 and Farr 40 yachts to cruising boats, sports boats, 16-Foot skiffs and junior dinghies.

February 20, 2019

Using everything to fight leaks

Whether as the result of a collision, grounding, material failure, a loose screw or simply your own negligence – if water is coming into the vessel, haste is required. And almost any item can be used to plug the leak, or at least to reduce the amount of water coming in: an oven cloth, a sleeping bag, even a carrot if nothing else is to hand. Because fighting leaks is your top priority.

February 20, 2019

Preventing water ingress

It is often the little things that make all the difference. The proper care and regular monitoring of important components not only contributes to maintaining the value of a motor boat or sailing vessel, but also prevents major damage such as water ingress. Here are some tips and tricks on how to prevent damage and especially water ingress.

February 20, 2019

Preparing for the storm season

Regardless of where you live you can expect to be hit with severe weather once in a while. Whether it’s some wilder winds hitting the region or a highly destructive cyclone, the following methods are a must for storm protection. Last year we were reminded of the magnitude of power nature can bestow on us with the destructive events in North Queensland and the Caribbean. Let’s take a little recap and review what you as a responsible boatie can do in these unpredictable situations.

Cover me closely
February 20, 2019

Cover me closely

So much of your life is tied up in your vessel and hence your insurance is a major consideration. Sure the premium is important, however it is the type of cover and possibly even more importantly, the claims procedure that becomes so crucial.